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Bring along the QuikPod Explorer II on your next trip

2013/05/16by Donna Hull

Has this happened to you? At the turn-around point in the hike a mountain looms behind you decorated with snowy peaks and gushing waterfalls. You’d like to take a photo with you in the scene to prove to friends that “yes, I did hike that challenging trail in Glacier National Park.” Looking around, you realize there’s no one to ask to take the picture so the opportunity is missed. Or, you pull out the QuikPod monopod that you tucked inside your backpack, extend it, attach the smartphone adapter, place the iphone or smartphone into the holder (remember you’re traveling light) and take your own photo or video. How cool is that?

Quik Pod Explorer II

QuikPod Explorer II comes with carrying bag, hiking clip, wrist strap and more

I’ve been practicing with the QuikPod EXPLORER II and Mobile – Smartphone Adapter (priced at $59.84 on Amazon) so that I can use the monopod on our upcoming road trip to Vancouver Island. Here’s what I like about it:

  • Folds up into a small carrying bag making the QuikPod easy to transport
  • Built-in mirror guarantees that you are in the shot
  • Assembles quickly so that you don’t miss that shot (the sunset won’t stay in the same spot forever)
  • Waterproof construction (we’ll be using with our waterproof camera for cool underwater shots and videos)

Let me show you how it works (if you can’t see the video, click here: QuikPod Explorer II video review)

Now that you’ve seen it in action, what do you think of the QuikPod Explorer II with Mobile adapter? Would you like to win one? Here’s how:

QuikPod Explorer II and Mobile Adapter Giveaway

Post a comment to tell us where you would take photos with your QuikPod.  Please include your email address for contact purposes. Giveaway ends on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 11:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible. According to our general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or we chose another winner.

Disclosure: QuickPod provided a Quik Pod Mobile Adapter and  QuikPod Explorer 2 for our review and as a prize for this giveaway. The Amazon link has been included for your convenience but My Itchy Travel Feet does receive a small portion of the sale. Thanks for keeping us in business.

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UPDATE: May 23, 2013, 12:00 p.m: this contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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petra May 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

We have a Europe vacation coming up in September and this would be perfect. I would use it in Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Netherland and the Czech republic. Keeping my fingers crossed :)


sheryl May 16, 2013 at 11:41 am

What a handy idea. I’m always accosting strangers to take photos for me (I offer to return the favor, of course).
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Chris Sanders
May 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

That’s a great looking device. I could really use that on my upcoming trip to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan. If I don’t win, I might have to buy one!
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Karen May 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I need this! I’m traveling to Ireland, and the thought of not having to ask people to take my picture is fantastic. Besides, sometimes people take terrible pics anyway!!


Irene S. Levine
May 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Would love to take this on our upcoming safari!!


Christinegl May 18, 2013 at 3:55 am

Wow – that is so cool. I would use it on our travels to Japan this summer, for sure.


Candace P May 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

It is always awkward AND inconvenient to ask people to take pictures of yourself, so this would be a help anywhere! My husband always covers the lens with his fingers, so maybe this is a cahnce to get a good shot of myself!
It is also extremely cool that you can use it with an i-phone too!


Tamar May 19, 2013 at 6:13 am

I’d take photos at the lake.


Cathy Severson May 19, 2013 at 6:54 am

I have to chuckle and be very honest. When my husband and I travel, if we’re lucky, we come home with one or 2 photos of us in a pic. When my brother and his wife travel, every single shot has one or both of them in the photo. It’s a different mindset, I guess. I had to read through your post a couple of times to understand what it does. ;-)


Anne Spencer May 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

I would use this anywhere I travel. Should could’ve used this on my recent trip to San Francisco, as no one could get a got pic of us! Would definitely use on our trip to Peru!!


Vera Marie Badertscher
May 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Looks like a great tool. Unfortunately, I can’t claim any exotic destinations coming up, but I could certainly use it on my neighborhood walks in Tucson, which seems exotic if you don’t live here, I guess.
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Deb S May 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

I would use it for pictures this summer – Disney and Grand Canyon


susan smoaks May 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

i would take my photos with my quikpod on our family vacations


April Bever May 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

I would use it for our family vacation and when the new baby gets here in a few months.


Jane Boursaw
May 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Yay! Just under the deadline. I take a TON of photos around here (for both myself and that ubiquitous Old Mission site I’ll be launching sometime in the next decade), so this would be a great addition for that venture.
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Erica C. May 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm

This would be great for when I go hiking or biking.


May 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I would take pictures in NYC!


Jill L May 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I would use it to take pictures of my family when we get up to the top of some of the mountains we climb. No one around to take our picture.


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